This paper discusses middles in Marori (Isolate, TNG; Indonesian Papua), contributing to the theoretical debate as to the best approach to middles. Marori data on middles shows that the valence and transitivity of a middle structure is constructed in both morphology and syntax. However, certain lexical properties of the predicate (e.g. inherent reflexivity) are important. It is demonstrated that LFGâ€™s parallel structure model is well suited to handle the properties of middles in Marori. Drawing insights from earlier LFG works on reflexives/reciprocals (Alsina 1996, Dalrymple et al. 1998, RÃ¡kosi 2008, Hurst 2010), a lexical-constructional analysis in LFG to account for the interface of morphology-syntax-semantics of middle expressions in Marori is proposed.
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) 2015 Conference - Tokyo, Japan|
Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …
|Conference||Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) 2015 Conference|
|Period||1/01/15 → …|